An Interview with Linda Widrick | Pelican Book Group Official Blog

Welcome Linda

Linda has a new book available, To Complicate Matters

Hello Linda,


What is your writing schedule like?
I'm a binge writer – but don’t cringe because I binge! Many writers make it a point to write something every day to move their story forward. For me, a couple of eight hour chunks of time on the weekend works well. If I'm on a deadline, however, I plug into the story every day until it's complete.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
In my personal life I'm a plotter. Bring on the spreadsheet! But in my writing life, I'm a pantser. I typically have one teeny glimpse of where I think my story might lead when I begin, but the story truly unfolds when I write by the seat of my pants.
How did you come up with your title?
To Complicate Matters morphed from the social media relationship status "It's Complicated". I think it fits well with Angelica's debacle.
Tell us about your hero and heroine. What makes them likeable?
Angelica is fun, she's playful and she's very quick witted. She's oblivious to the fact that she's so adorable to those around her. That makes her even more likable.


Thadd is more serious. He needs a little fun in his life, and Angelica is just the one to bring out the best in him.

How much of the book is based in real life?
Angelica's character is based on one of my nieces who is very close to me. She is stunning, and simply charming to everyone who meets her. The setting for the story is based on my own hometown – a tourist-resort town that's dotted with white, sandy beaches, trendy shopping, stately palm trees, and a whole lot of traffic.
What makes this book special to you?
Since the story has a few threads of truth to it, it's extra special to me. But I'll leave it up to the reader to figure out what is real and what is fiction.
Are plots based on someone you know or events in your own life?
Ironically, yes. Just after I wrote the scene where Angelica leaves a message by mistake, I had a similar phone debacle. I was mortified. Instantly, I understood how my character must have felt. Truthfully, I didn't know how to fix my own debacle, but eventually it went away. The unsolicited experience helped me re-write the scene with more feeling and authenticity.
What books have most influenced your life?
Karen Kingsbury's On Every Side; Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion Series; Michael Phillips Secret of the Rose series
What makes this a "must read" and why?
This comedy of errors is a fast, lighthearted read with a strong, moral message and some good, clean romance.
Do you have a person you consider a mentor?
Yes, a very dear editor-friend in South Carolina
What book are you reading now?
Health Food Diet Devotional, by Kenneth Hagin, Sr.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I work full time, I enjoy treasure hunting, re-purposing those treasures, and refinishing furniture. I love to travel, and I love a good, strong cup of coffee. My husband and I are also on a mission board that reaches out to the lost and needy in 3rd world countries.
What does your family think of your writing?
They are fully supportive – my biggest fans!

What is your next project?
My third novel is titled Cup Half Full. It's about a humanitarian with a chip on her shoulder, a CEO with an attitude as bold as the coffee he roasts, and something far more acidic that’s brewing in the rain forest. Cup Half Full takes you from the halls of the White House to the coffee plantations of Nicaragua in a bold, very personal story.


Is there anything you find particularly challenging when it comes to your writing?
Time constraints are difficult since I have a full time job

Who is your faviourte author and what is it that really strikes you abou their work?
Francine Rivers writes from the heart. The depth and passion in her writing are evident with every page that's turned.

Do you have advice for other writers?
Stick to it! If you have a story to tell, tell it. You are guaranteed to NOT be published if you do not try.
Do you have anything specific you want to say to readers?
Every hour of our life counts. The fact that you chose to spend a few hours with my characters means a lot to me!
Is there anything you'd like to add?
If you enjoyed To Complicate Matters, or any books in the Ponder This series, we authors would welcome your honest review on, and/or other review sites. A review truly is the best 'thank you' a writer can receive from a reader.

How can readers connect with you?
Readers can visit my website at, or they can email me at


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